THE DERELICTION OF RUMSFELD

The disgraceful conduct of the secretary of defense continues. It is perfectly clear that he is a major obstacle to success in Iraq. Just read yet another story that shows that with more troops, we could have done so much better these past few years. Bush should replace Rumsfeld with Lieberman after the December 15 elections. We need a defense secretary who actually wants to win this war, not one whose main skill is in finding increasingly glib excuses for our losing it.

NOW WHAT? James Alison, one of the most lucid and subtle Catholic thinkers out there, reflects on the fall-out from the Vatican ban on gay seminarians and teachers.

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